March is Prescribed Fire Awareness Month!
Gov. Henry McMaster has proclaimed March 2019 Prescribed Fire Awareness Month in South Carolina. Prescribed, or controlled, burning is the skilled application of fire under planned weather and fuel conditions to achieve specific forest and land management objectives. Controlled burning is an ancient practice, notably used by Native Americans for crop management, insect and pest control, and hunting habitat improvement, among other purposes. While prescribed burning cannot stop all wildfires, it is the best management tool available for preventing larger and more frequent outbreaks.
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Check out our new guide to Invasive Species
To celebrate and help raise awareness about National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 25-March 3), we've produced a guide to some of the most common and problematic invasive species encountered in our state’s forests. Infestations of invasive plants and animals have an enormous impact, as they don't have natural predators and can quickly take over the landscape. As a result, they can also negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, public utility operations, native fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation, and the overall health of an ecosystem, costing more than $120 billion in damages every year.
Learn how to spot some of the most common invasive species and what you can do to prevent them from spreading.
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2018 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners
Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner’s financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2018 tax returns, this USDA publication explains the federal income tax laws on timber.
Get a sneak peek at our new "Forest Trees of SC" tree ID manual!
The South Carolina Forestry Commission is proud to present to the citizens of South Carolina this updated edition of the agency’s native forest tree identification manual, originally produced in 2003.
This greatly improved guide represents a significant upgrade to its predecessor in scope and detail; in addition to replacing one-color line drawings of trees and their identifying characteristics with full-color photographs, we have added more than a dozen native species than appeared in the first edition, added an illustrated guide to tree and leaf anatomy, incorporated range maps for every species and included many more anecdotal and characteristic keys to identifying South Carolina’s native trees.
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*Please be patient, as the booklet may take several minutes to download because of its large file size (~49MB).
EDITOR'S NOTE: Soft-bound copies of the book may be purchased directly from the SC Forestry Commission for $10 (group discounts available for orders in multiples of 50).
Click here to order your copy/copies today!
Forest landowners encouraged to apply for assistance for hurricane-damaged infrastructure
Forest landowners in certain SC counties who suffered Hurricane Florence-related losses such as washed out roads or damaged stream crossings may be eligible for financial assistance for their immediate recovery needs through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Signup is now available in Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, Marion, Horry, Kershaw and contiguous counties. The signup period will end Nov. 2, 2018.
Please go to your county’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office or visit the following webpage to get started with your application:
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Hurricane damage management information for landowners
Hurricanes cause varying degrees of damage to the forests. Damage to trees can range from “light,” where branches in treetops were broken, to “heavy,” where trees snapped off, were blown over, or lost most of their branches.
Forest damage can be highly variable across the affected areas and depend on tree species, age and whether the stand had been thinned recently or not. The level and extent of damage you sustained as well as your ownership objectives will help you determine what actions are needed to restore the health and productivity of your woods. The recommendations in this publication are designed to provide you with basic guidance as you make decisions about the best course of action to follow.
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2018 seedling price guide now available
The success of the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s state-of-the-art orchard, nursery and tree improvement program is undeniable. And now under our new partnership agreement with commercial seedling provider ArborGen, ordering Forestry Commission seedlings has never been easier. In addition to our premier selections of bareroot loblolly and other pine species, we also offer nearly 40 other bareroot and containerized hardwoods and softwoods to choose from.
Be sure to ask for your Forestry Commission discount for seedlings to be planted in South Carolina when placing your order with ArborGen at (803) 275-3578.
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Southeastern Partnership For Forests & Water
The critical link between forestland and clean water is coming into clearer focus with two separate projects underway across the state. The Lower Savannah Watershed Project is providing outreach and education to the community in the Lower Savannah Watershed on the important connection between healthy, managed forestland and clean drinking water supplies.
Likewise, the Lake Wateree Watershed Summit that's just kicking off will provide information on conservation easements and cost-share programs that help landowners in the Lake Wateree watershed to keep their land in forests and managed well.
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It's wildfire season... Think Before You Burn!
Late winter and early spring is prime time for wildfires in South Carolina. In the Palmetto State, more wildfires occur between January and April than at any other time of year. While lightning and other natural causes contribute to some of this uptick in fire activity, unfortunately most of our state's wildfires are started by humans. In fact, escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires across most of the South and especially here in South Carolina. Please watch our educational video about making proper notification of debris burning AND taking the proper precautions to keep your fire contained.
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Forestry has $21 billion impact on South Carolina’s economy
Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the state’s forestry sector in grand fashion Wednesday, April 26, unveiling a large backdrop depicting the industry’s $21 billion contribution to the state’s economy.
The new economic impact figure, revealed in the findings of a Clemson University study commissioned by several forestry organizations, was disclosed at a press conference on the State House grounds as a part of “Forestry Day,” as proclaimed by Gov. McMaster. The occasion was also a celebration of the Forestry Commission’s 90th anniversary, which was founded nine decades ago to the day. A tree-planting ceremony on the State House grounds was held after the press conference.
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Current State Land Timber Sales - Upcoming timber sales on state owned forestland.
Purchase Recreation Permits Online (opens in a new window)
Forests of South Carolina, 2016 (pdf) USFSSouth Carolina Forestry's 2015 Project
Primary Forest Industry Directory - list of all wood and paper manufacturing industries in the state.
Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window)